First Look: Cars Land Through a Photographer’s Lens at Disney California Adventure Park

Behind the construction walls of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park, a photographer’s dream is waiting to be discovered. From the awe-inspiring rockwork to the whimsical traces of all the residents of Radiator Springs, there is so much to see (and shoot), that I thought it was time to share some of my favorite photos from this one-of-a-kind place.

Ornament Valley in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, By Paul Hiffmeyer

When I saw the clouds this day, I knew I had to shoot Ornament Valley. Shooting this location is like being transported to another place.

Willy’s Butte in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, By Paul Hiffmeyer

You can already imagine cars zooming by Willy’s Butte!

Cactus in the Valley of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, By Paul Hiffmeyer

The plant life in Cars Land is really amazing. It seems like there are as many photos to take as there are cactus in the valley.

Entrance to Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, By Paul Hiffmeyer

Here is a slightly different angle on the entrance to Radiator Springs Racers that Kathy Mangum shared yesterday. This arch really invites you in to this incredible attraction, not to mention photo location.

Statue of Stanley in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, By Paul Hiffmeyer

Before we leave Cars Land, it seems only fitting to show the statue of Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs. This location is surely going to be a popular one when Cars Land welcomes guests this summer.

I’ll be sharing more unique photos from “the cutest little town in Carburetor County,” so check back soon!


  • can’t wait for radiator springs racers!!!! 🙂

  • I live in Flagstaff (near Sedona, AZ) These mountains, shape and color are spot on with the real red rock mountains we have here. AMAZING!! Can’t wait to see it in person!

  • Thank you for your always amazing photography, Paul.

  • I love the picture with the focus on the cacti in the front! What camera was used for these pictures?

  • These are awsome. Cant wait. Glad to hear about Starbucks. I hate to say it but the coffee in the park is a little weak.

  • This looks wonderful! Thanks for the peek!

  • We can’t wait!!!! Thanks for the great pictures!!! And Thank You for having Starbucks in the park!!!

  • Nancy–
    The Starbucks will be on Buena Vista Street inside the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café.

  • Disney perfection at its best!! I just read that Starbucks was coming to Disneyland and the 1st location was going to be in California Adventure. Yeh! Will it be near Cars land?

  • admittedly, i am not a huge fan of the Cars franchise, but the theming here is superb and this land looks beautiful! well done imagineers and all involved! i hope to see it in person one day. maybe it will make a “Cars” fan out of me!

  • these pictures are amazing!oh by the way love stanley’s gold tooth.

  • I was on the fence about the color choise of the upper “fin” rockwork until now. From ground level it give a greater illusion of hight and distance. This is really amazing!

  • Imagineers, is there anything they can’t do?

  • OMG i cant wait for it thank you so much for showing us the photos

  • Stunning!

  • Beautiful photos. I can’t wait to get my new 14-24 f/2.8 out there!

  • so, so excited can’t wait for the opening!!

  • Can’t wait to get some pictures of my own this summer!

  • Only one word for these pictures (and this land); beautiful! 😀

  • the scenery looks amazing very pretty good job!!!

  • A truly beautiful land. My wife and here camera won’t want to leave. Security may have to drag her out bodily. Thanks for sharing this amazing tease.

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